Fernando Rubiera-Morollón

Applied Economics Professor - University of Oviedo

President of Spanish Association of Regional Science, Spanish Section of RSAI - ERSA 

Responsible of the Chair for the analysis of the innovation in Asturias 

REGIOlab researcher

Professor, Applied Economics Department - University of Oviedo

E-mail: frubiera@uniovi.es 

ORCID code: 0000-0002-4854-0802

Postal Adress: 

Universidad de Oviedo - Facultad de Economía y Empresa

Dpto. de Economía Aplicada - Piso 2º, Ala 5ª, Despacho 7

Avda. de El Cristo S/N - 33006 (Oviedo) 


Fernando Rubiera Morollón is Doctor of Economics (2003) and Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Oviedo. He is president of the Spanish Association of Regional Science (AECR). He is the responsible of the Chair for the analysis of innovation in Asturias (C_InnovA). In 2011 he was the founder of the Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory-REGIOlab, of which he has been coordinator until 2017 and, currently, a research member. He has done a post-doctorate at the Spatial Analysis and Regional Economics Laboratory (SAREL) of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Montreal and, among many other international stays, he has been a visiting professor at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) from the University of Illinois. His field of teaching and research specialization is Urban and Regional Economics. On this topic he is the author of more than fifty international scientific articles as well as multiple book chapters and research books and other publications. He has been a member of several scientific and editorial committees of international journals and conferences. He has participated or coordinated multiple research projects, internationals (H2020 of the European Union) and nationals (Spanish R&D Plan). He has been an adviser to the European Commission, several City Councils and the Government of the Asturias Autonomous Community, as well as collaborating with several companies and consulting firms in the field of urban planning and strategic urban and regional planning.

Selection of representative publications: 

  • Rubiera, F., Fernández, T. (2023): “Spatial heterogeneity in the distribution of European Research and Development funds and its effects on territorial cohesion”, Journal of Regional Research, 56. DOI: htps:/doi.org/10.38191/ir-jor.23.008 
  • Fernández, T., Liern, V., Pérez, B., Rubiera, F. (2022) “Measuring the territorial effort in research, development and innovation from a multiple criteria approach: application to the Spanish regions case”, Technology in Society, 70. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2022.101975 
  • Díaz. A., Grecco, T., Rubiera, F. (2022) “From the local economy to the global market: municipal level spatial economic modeling of international trade for Brazil”, International Regional Science Review, 45 (3). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F01600176211056237
  • Plotnikova, M., Gutiérrez, D., Rubiera, F. (2021) “The grass is greener on the other side’: the relationship between the Brexit referendum results and spatial inequalities at the local level”, Papers of Regional Science, 100 (6). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12630  
  • Langarita, R., Cartone, A., Rubiera, F. (2021) “Where the city lights shine? Measuring the effect of sprawl on electricity consumption in Spain”, Land Use Policy, 105. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105425
  • Liern, V., Pérez, B., Rubiera, F. (2021) “Residential choice from a multiple criteria sustainable perspective”. Annals of Operational Research. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10479-021-04480-8
  • Prudencio, J., Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (2021) “Productivity and agglomeration economies in the manufacturing of the metropolitan area of Mexico”, Regional Research, Police and Practice. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rsp3.12451
  • Fernández, E., Díaz, A., Rubiera, F., Viñuela, A. (2020) “Spatial disaggregation of social indicators: an info-metrics approach”, Social Indicators Research. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-020-02455-z 
  • Ortega, M., Rubiera, F., Pérez, B. (2020) “Ranking residential locations based on neighborhood sustainability and family profile”, International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 28 (1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2020.1778581
  • Gutíérrez, D., Rubiera, F., Viñuela, A. (2019) “Determinants of immigrants’ concentration at local level in Spain: why size and position still matter”, Population, Space and Place, 25 (7). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2247
  • Varela, L., Rubiera, F., Sdrakyan, G. (2019) “Urban sprawl and local fiscal burden: analysing the Spanish case”, Empirica: Journal of European Economics, 46: 177-203. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10663-018-9421-y 
  • Garduño, R. Díaz, A., Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (2019) “Economic integration and regional convergence: effects of NAFTA on local convergence in Mexico, 1980-2008”, Applied Economics, 51 (50): 5515-5527. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2019.1616064
  • Lasarte, E., Rubiera, F., Fernández, E. (2019) “Does the urban population pay more for food? Implications in terms of poverty”, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 12 (3): 547-566. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12061-018-9254-x
  • Díaz, A., Rubiera, F., Paredes, D. (2019) “New approach to economic convergence in the EU: A multilevel analysis from the spatial effects perspective”, International Regional Science Review, 42 (3/4): 335-367. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0160017618804010
  • Díaz, A., Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (2018): “Labor density and wages in Spain: evidence from geographically disaggregated data”,Growth and Change, 49 (1): 55-70. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/grow.12233
  • Lasarte, E., Moreno, B., Rubiera, F. (2018) “Energy consumption and urban sprawl: evidence for teh spanish case”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 172: 3479-3486. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.08.110
  • Gutíérrez, D., Rubiera, F., Viñuela, A. (2018) “Ageing places in an ageing country: the local dynamics of elderly population in Spain”, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie – Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 109 (3): 332-349. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12294
  • Gutíérrez, D., Rubiera, F., Viñuela, A. (2017) “The determinants of local employment growth in Spain”, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 11 (3): 511-533. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12061-017-9226-6
  • Díaz, A., Rubiera, F., Paredes, D. (2017) “Are there different local patterns of convergence concealed beneath the regional level? An analysis for US states and counties using a multilevel approach”, The Annals of Regional Science, 58 (3), 623-630. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00168-017-0811-z
  • Díaz, A., Rubiera, F., Pires, M., Gomes, A. (2017) “Convergence in Brazil: new evidence using multilevel approach”, Applied Economics, 49 (50), 5050-5062. DOI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00036846.2017.1299101 
  • Lasarte, E., Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (2017) “Higher cost of living in larger urban areas? An AIDS based analysis for food in Spain”, Regional Studies, 51 (11), 1665-1677. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1228870
  • Rubiera, F., Marroquin, V.M., Rivero, J.L. (2017) “Urban sprawl in Madrid? An analysis of the urban growth of Madrid during the last quarter of the XX century”, Letters in Spatial and Resources and Sciences, 10 (2), 205-214. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12076-016-0181-7
  • Díaz, A., Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (2016) “The role of spatial scale in regional convergence: the effect of MAUP in the estimation of β-convergence equations”, The Annals of Regional Science, 56 (2), 473-489. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00168-016-0750-0
  • Díaz, A., Garduño, R., Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (2016) “Does trade imply convergence? Analyzing the effect of NAFTA on the local convergence in Mexico”, Trimestre Económico, 333, 103-120. DOI: https://doi.org/10.20430/ete.v84i333.263
  • Gutiérrez, D., Rubiera, F., Viñuela, A. (2016) “Heterogeneity in the determinants of the population growth at the local level. Analysis of the Spanish case with GWR approach”, International Regional Science Review, 40 (3), 211-240. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0160017615589009
  • Rubiera, F., González. V., Rivero, J.L. (2016) “Urban sprawl in Spain: differences among cities and causes”, European Planning Studies, 24 (1), 204-226. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2015.1080230
  • Lemelin, A., Rubiera, F., Gómez, A. (2016) “Measuring urban agglomeration: a refoundation of de mean city-population size”, Social Indicators Research, 125 (2), 589-612. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0846-9
  • Rubiera, F., del Rosal, I., Díaz, A. (2015) “Can large cities explain the aggregate movements of the economies? Testing the granular hypothesis for US counties”, Letters in Spatial and Resources Sciences, 8 (2), 119-128. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12076-014-0116-0
  • Viñuela, A., Rubiera, F., Fernández, E. (2014) “Applying Economic-based Analytical Regions: a study of the spatial distribution of employment in Spain”, The Annals of Regional Science, 52 (1), 87-102. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00168-013-0575-z
  • Fernandez, E., Rubiera, F. (2013) “Estimating regional variations of R&D: effects on productivity growth by entropy econometrics”, Spatial Economic Analysis, 8 (1), 54-70. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17421772.2012.753638 
  • Rubiera, F., Viñuela, A. (2013) “From local units to economic regions in Spain: where the agglomerations economies are meaningful”; Fernández, E., Rubiera, F. (Eds.) Defining the spatial scale in modern regional analysis: new challenges from data at local level. Springer. 
  • Viñuela, A., Rubiera, F., Cueto, B. (2010) "An analysis of urban size and territorial location effects on employment probabilities: the Spanish case", Growth and Change, 41 (4), pp. 495-519. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2257.2010.00536.x
  • Polèse, M., Rubiera, F., Shearmur, R. (2007) “Observing regularities in location patterns: an analysis of the spatial distribution of economic activity in Spain”, European Urban & Regional Studies, 14 (2), pp. 157-180. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0969776407077188
  • Pardos, E., Gómez, A., Rubiera, F. (2007) “Do versus buy decision in the demand for the knowledge intensive business services”, The Services Industries Journal, 27 (3), pp. 223-249. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02642060701206991 


Fernando Rubiera Morollón teaches the subjects of Urban and Regional Economy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Oviedo. She also participates in several national and international doctoral and master programs in Universidad de Chieti-Pescara (Italiy) and Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (Brasil).